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Celtic Connections 2021 online

GUEST,henryp 01 Jan 21 - 06:24 AM
Joe G 01 Jan 21 - 11:06 AM
Johnny J 02 Jan 21 - 12:56 PM
DaveRo 02 Jan 21 - 03:13 PM
GUEST 03 Jan 21 - 05:51 AM
Tattie Bogle 03 Jan 21 - 04:01 PM
Johnny J 18 Jan 21 - 07:44 AM
GUEST,Joe G 18 Jan 21 - 04:52 PM
Tattie Bogle 19 Jan 21 - 02:08 PM
Gallus Moll 19 Jan 21 - 04:31 PM
Johnny J 19 Jan 21 - 06:39 PM
DaveRo 20 Jan 21 - 03:28 AM
Johnny J 20 Jan 21 - 05:34 AM
peteglasgow 20 Jan 21 - 05:51 AM
Johnny J 20 Jan 21 - 06:08 AM
DaveRo 20 Jan 21 - 06:39 AM
Johnny J 20 Jan 21 - 06:58 AM
Tattie Bogle 21 Jan 21 - 08:00 PM
Zhenya 23 Jan 21 - 04:04 AM
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Subject: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 01 Jan 21 - 06:24 AM

Celtic Connections 2021 15 January to 2 February

This year's festival will take place online for the very first time. Artists joining us this year include:

Admiral Fallow / Aidan O'Rourke 365 / Amira Kheir / Bassekou Kouyate & Amy Sacko / Blazin Fiddles / Blue Rose Code / Breabach / Cherish The Ladies / Chris Stout & Catriona McKay / Declan O'Rourke / De Temps Antan / Duncan Chisholm & Scottish Ensemble / Eddi Reader / Edwin Morgan 100th / Elephant Sessions / Fara / Fergus McCreadie Trio / Fiona Hunter / Georgia Cécile / Gnoss / Grosse Isle / Imar / James Grant / José González / Kinnaris Quintet / Kris Drever / Karen Matheson / Kathleen MacInnes / Le Vent Du Nord / Lyre / Mairearad Green / Mànran / Paul McKenna Band / Project Smok / RANT / Rachel Newton / Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi / Roaming Roots Revue / Rory Butler / Ross Ainslie / SCO with Karine Polwart & Pekka Kuusisto / Shooglenifty / Sian / Siobhan Miller / Sona Jobarteh / Sorren MacLean & Hannah Fisher / Talisk / The Secret Sisters / Transatlantic Sessions / TRYST / Westward the Light / Xabier Diaz / Zoe Bestel

Tickets this year can only be purchased at celticconnections.vhx.tv, visit our 'How to Book' page for more information. The festival pass will be available to purchase at an Early Bird price of £30 for a limited time only. After this, the price for a festival pass will increase to £40. Tickets to individual concerts will be available to buy from early January, when the programme schedule is released.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Joe G
Date: 01 Jan 21 - 11:06 AM

It's a remarkably good deal given the amazing roster of talent that will be playing. Got my ticket already and very much looking forward to it. We were supposed to be going to see Elephant Sessions not long after lockdown was announced so particularly looking forward to seeing them!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 02 Jan 21 - 12:56 PM

Yes, I'll treat myself.

Of course, the "seats" for such online events will vary depending on what technology and gadgets you have to view same.

I enjoy watching on my 50" Smart TV but it would be much less fun if all you have is a lap top or even a mobile phone.

Unfortunately, because of such limitations, I'd imagine that many people won't always feel inclined to purchase as many online gigs as they used to do with physical concerts. Or, at least, they will focus on their favourite artists.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: DaveRo
Date: 02 Jan 21 - 03:13 PM

I investigated that when I saw the OP. It uses Vimeo, as for the trailer, but being a subscription stream you'd probably need to use a browser to sign in - unless your TV has a Vimeo app that allows sign-in. I'm guessing here - I've no experience of paid vimeo streams.

In my case I don't know whether I could get it onto my TV.

https://celticconnections.vhx.tv/

https://celticconnections.vhx.tv/help


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jan 21 - 05:51 AM

Oh, I hadn't realised that.

I should be OK though as I've also got a "fire stick" and can use use a browser on that.

Also, I've a direct cable connection but Wi Fi is more convenient.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 03 Jan 21 - 04:01 PM

Just ordered mine. ! usually go and stay in Glasgow for at least one whole long weekend with a friend, and other one-off concerts in between, plus a workshop or two.
Still at early bird price of £30 now.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 18 Jan 21 - 07:44 AM

Hiya music lovers,

I've been watching this and it's not bad. I'd appreciate longer sets from some of the artists though.

Watching on TV was slightly more complicated than I thought as you are sent a link rather than a code. It was a laborious process to try and type this address into the browser on the TV and it didn't seem to work.

I believe you can also "stream" the show from your phone/tablet and duplicate it on the TV screen by Blue Tooth but I'd hoped just to type a code into the browser (e.g. on the CC site) on my TV and use Wi Fi as I've been able to do with some other purchased concerts.

However, I eventually opted for a cable connection and used the TV as a duplicate monitor. So, I'm "cooking by gas" now! ;-))

Anyway, it's well worth making the effort.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 18 Jan 21 - 04:52 PM

It's been excellent so far!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 19 Jan 21 - 02:08 PM

I got it to work on TV, using the internet facility on it. (We had to replace our TV a year ago, so we now have a fairly smart one!) It did take ages typing in passwords though, to get it to work.
Have been enjoying a lot of what I've seen so far, though admit to "fast-forwarding" a couple of items! Highlights so far would be the opening concert, the Duncan Chisholm concert (for UK viewers on BBC ALBA) and last night's "Come Away In" night with Karine Polwart and others.
I am tending to view things after the release time, as I have other regular Zoom sessions most evenings!
Facebook tells me that Dublin's Tradfest is also on, with various concerts to view online: too much choice now everything is online, and you don't have to worry about physically getting there!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 19 Jan 21 - 04:31 PM

I am enjoying to opportunity to see concerts and performers I would not normally have chosen! and of course one can slip away for a cup of coffee etc without offending the rest of the audience...
I think Donald and his team have done an excellent job putting this together! Shame it clashes with Burns Supper time - but then, why do we only celebrate Burns on his birthday. surely he is a man for all seasons?!
I do miss the excitement of travelling to the city, going for a meal, to the pub for a session, to the concert hall or other venues - however until we are all vaccinated and pandemic is well under control (I hope?) it just is not worth the risk, gotta do as Nicola tells us!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 19 Jan 21 - 06:39 PM

I've now worked out different ways to to view this on my TV including linking via my e-mail on The Internet etc but I've just decided to stick with the cable link. "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and it's quite good to view the concert on two screens simultaneously.

Yes, you can nip away for a coffee or something stronger and even "pause" the show too. It's also possible to watch each concert for up to a week. So, we can still have a day off with Rabbie Burns.

However, I fear if there had been Covid in Burns day, he'd have been a bit of a "super spreader"   ;-)


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: DaveRo
Date: 20 Jan 21 - 03:28 AM

I considered subscribing, but I wasn't sure I could watch it comfortably on my TV and it was too expensive to take a punt. I had concluded there were probably four ways of watching Vimeo streams like this on a TV:

  1. Using a browser built into a smart TV - which their help says may not work. (I don't have a smart TV.)

  2. Using an hdmi cable between a computer and the TV. (I don't have a computer with an hdmi output - except a Raspberry Pi.)

  3. Chromecast, chromesticks. and similar gadgets. (I don't have any but I might buy one if I really want to watch - they're quite cheap.)

  4. Casting from an Apple computer or device to an AppleTV using AirPlay or Screen Mirroring. (I might be able to do this because I have an old (v2) Apple TV box, but it's very flakey - hard to set up and keep running. It's a last resort for me.)


The CC TV help pages are pretty poor. They don't mention Apple methods at all.
Johnny J wrote: ...including linking via my e-mail on The Internet...
Can you explain that? Is that using a Vimeo app, signed in using an email address, running on the smart TV or some other box?


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 20 Jan 21 - 05:34 AM

OK.

As I said, I expected them to sent me a code or an actual address to type into a browser. However, I recieved an e-mail from them with a "Link Button" which directed me to the available concert videos.

If you have the right kind of "Smart TV" or a Fire stick" or similar, you should be able to access or download a browser for your TV. You can use your remote to type in addresses or do searches but it's a slow process... Also possible to connect a more efficient type of pointer or some form of keyboard connection by Blue Tooth as well but I've not got around to that.

Anyway, with some concerts etc, it was just a simple case of typing in a code in the website. A slower process with the remote but manageable.

However, that didn't seem possible. So, another option was to bring up my e-mail account in the TV browser, open the e-mail and click on the link just as I would on my PC or laptop.

There are other ways, of course, but I already had the cable link "in situ" from the days when I didn't have such a "smart" TV. So, it was a simple solution just to plug it into a spare HDMI port.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: peteglasgow
Date: 20 Jan 21 - 05:51 AM

i'm enjoying this - and once i get used to signing in - it is a good service. i'm missing my trips to glasgow more than anything aince march and have had 4/5 nights at celtic connections for the last 15ish years, a great festival and a real boost in the short, dreich days of january. £33 (and £7 for tax) is a real bargain when i would normally spend hundreds. one very minor quibble - in the past i have rung the concert hall to get a few tickets for upcoming events. at the end of our conversation a very helpful voice always said 'there'll be a £1.50 charge, for postage - is that OK?' - there was no question of 'tax' or 'booking fee' or whatever else they can think of to fleece us concert goers. still, maybe we can return to sanity and decency - and pubs- next year.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 20 Jan 21 - 06:08 AM

Content wise, I'd appreciate longer sets from the artists although I believe some concerts will have these.

Perhaps they just want to feature as many acts as possible or, maybe, they don't think our concentration will be as great while watching at home. So, they opt for more variety?


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: DaveRo
Date: 20 Jan 21 - 06:39 AM

Johnny J: Thanks. So essentially you're using the browser in your smart TV.

I think the best option for me would be to buy an Amazon Firestick Lite - about £30. Is anybody watching this on a Firestick?

They may stream it next year.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 20 Jan 21 - 06:58 AM

I have a Firestick too which I still use for certain things even since I bought my new Smart TV.

Yes, this will work as I suggested but I think you will still need to access it via your e-mails. So, you would just log into your e-mail account via the browser.
A better option, as I said, would have been just to go to their site and type in a code.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 21 Jan 21 - 08:00 PM

Yep, that’s what I did to get into it on our TV; email, click the link and off you go. After you’ve done it once you can just go back to internet and the website: celticconnections.vhx.tv It also recognises you across all devices you use: so if you pause a concert on one, it will take you back to where you left off, on a different device. (Of course, you can re-wind if you want to!)


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Zhenya
Date: 23 Jan 21 - 04:04 AM

Question: I don't have a TV and watch all video online. The trailer video played fine for me. If I buy a ticket, will the email link be all I need to watch online, or do you need to already subscribe to a particular TV service?


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: DaveRo
Date: 23 Jan 21 - 04:42 AM

It's an internet video stream, so watching it on a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, should be no problem so long as you can read the ticket email and click the link on the same device. You don't need a TV serice,

Most of the foregoing discussion is because I wanted to display it a TV, which is more than twice as big and has better definition than my laptop, but is not 'smart' or internet connected.

I read that 75% of UK households 'have access to' a smart TV, so I'm in a minority. But I wonder if it's a minority of folk concert goers?


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 23 Jan 21 - 05:15 AM

I'm surprised that as many people as that have them unless "have access" means going to your neighbour's house.

It may be a loose definition of "smart", of course.
I had a very good Samsung TV for a good few years which wasn't "smart" but it did have USB and HDMI ports. So, all you needed to do was either connect a cable or a "firestick" etc. So, it would have done fine for this situation.
The only reason I replaced it was that some white dots (caused by reflector caps falling of the back of the pixels)had begun to appear on the screen. Uneconomical to have repaired by an engineer and too much of a bother to do myself. However, it's still handy to watch in the spare room.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Zhenya
Date: 23 Jan 21 - 05:40 AM

DaveRo - Thanks for the very quick reply to my question! I feel comfortable now about buying a ticket. I'm just going for some individual concerts because of some scheduling conflicts and simply too much good music happening online right now. (Still missing live in person music, though, like most people.)

I usually watch on my iPad and sometimes on a laptop. If I ever do get a TV again, it will probably be a smart TV, but for now I've been content to watch online. But it is nice to have the larger, better definition picture, so enjoy your own watching.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Reinhard
Date: 23 Jan 21 - 07:31 AM

I enjoy my festival pass to see each evening's performance whein there isn't any other concert I'd rather see. But then I ca


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Reinhard
Date: 23 Jan 21 - 07:32 AM

I enjoy my festival pass to see each evening's performance whein there isn't any other concert I'd rather see. But then I can enjoy the CC video the next day.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Zhenya
Date: 23 Jan 21 - 07:08 PM

That's a good point I hadn't thought about. I just checked and the videos will still be available for a week after airing. So scheduling conflicts aren't really an issue, just overall video time. For some reason, there are a lot of performances happening this month and on into February. A good problem to have, I guess!

By the way, in case people are interested and don't already know about this, one of those concerts is tomorrow, 1/24:

John Doyle, on YouTube (Search under DreamGuitars) or Facebook at 4 PM EST (NY time.)

John Doyle concert 1-24 YouTube link


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 23 Jan 21 - 07:38 PM

Yep, fitting it all in is a problem, especially this weekend with there being numerous other events on (mainly Burns-related!)
I am not watching anything at the scheduled time: all after the event, e.g. while cleaning the kitchen, out in the car (husband driving and only within Covid-allowed limits!), doing my physio exercises, rather than being a couch potato for 3 weeks.
So yes, you don't need to put it on your Tv: I am variously watching 9or at least listening) on laptop, iPad or phone, depending where I am at the time.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 30 Jan 21 - 08:29 AM

Enjoying most of it so far although James Grant's concert was the equivalent of a "go to the bar" or the toilet moment. I managed three or four songs until I realised that it was going to carry on for quite some time. :-((

I've a few to see as I'm slightly behind schedule and there's still a few Burns things to check out too.

Friday was "club night" and I treated myself to a wee dram.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Joe G
Date: 30 Jan 21 - 11:36 AM

There was a bit of a lull early in the week with nothing to get too excited about but the Transatlantic Sessions and Quebecois concerts last night were superb. Looking forward to tonight's Elephant Sessions gig - we were supposed to be going to see them for the first time last March!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 01 Feb 21 - 01:30 PM

So now it’s getting near the end, does anyone have any favourites?
There were quite a lot of items that were not really my cup of tea, and either fast-forwarded or cut them off before thernd.
I am still running behindhand so my next concerts to catch up on will be Transatlantic Sessions and the Quebec concert.
Those I most enjoyed prior to that would include Rant, Cherish the Ladies, the piping concert with Conundrum et al, Siobhan Miller, Blazin’ Fiddles and Marit Falt’s group.

Some of the bands had me longing for something a bit slower, and, another sign of getting old, some tunes that seem to go on forever and all sound the same!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Joe G
Date: 02 Feb 21 - 07:25 PM

Off the top of my head!

Galician band Xabier Diaz - a new find for me and very interesting
Blue Rose Code - heard good things but not seen them before
Siobhan Miller - the nicest smile in music and beautiful voice!
Transatlantic Sessions
Quebecois concert
Breabach
Fergus McCreadie Trio - excellent folk inspired jazz
Sona Jobarteh
Elephant Sessions
Talisk - the most exciting set of the festival
Admiral Fallow

Lots more good stuff too!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Joe G
Date: 02 Feb 21 - 07:26 PM

I was the opposite to you Tattie - there were times when I wished things would move along a bit! Overall though I thought it was an excellent cross section of music - would have welcomed more European bands but at £30 for the fortnight plus it was tremendous value!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 03 Feb 21 - 03:40 AM

I've still got a few to watch.

Last night I watched the piping concert with Tryst, Conundrum etc which was very good. I also enjoyed Transatlantic Sessions and the Sunday night one with Dean Owens, Rhiannon Giddens et al.

I preferred Imar(Moshen's other band) to Talisk which was slightly more traditional in feel if not repertoire...

Personally, I don't mind fast music as long as there's a tune or melody there somewhere. The wild "frenetic" and predominantly rhythmic feel is fine if you are up "having a bop" but less so for listening.
Mind you, these youngsters can "do it well" and if there's a market, good luck to them.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: GUEST,JoeG
Date: 03 Feb 21 - 05:30 AM

I forgot to mention Peat & Diesel who were very refreshing! Reminded of them whilst watching the folk chart this morning


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 06 Feb 21 - 06:53 PM

I’d agree that some of the singer/ songwriter stuff was a bit slow.
How could I manage to leave Duncan Chisholm off my list? A definite favourite of mine!
Also enjoyed the islands concert, Transatlantic sessions and the Quebec one: just 3 left to watch now.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Johnny J
Date: 07 Feb 21 - 06:05 PM

Just got through them all with the exception of "The Portal" which I believe is available elsewhere in any case.

I enjoy it all really although I fast forwarded through one certain male singer song writer. :-)


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Subject: RE: Celtic Connections 2021 online
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 07 Feb 21 - 06:58 PM

I missed 2 from last Sunday; on the website it said they would be available pm tomorrow evening (despite the previously stated time limit of 7 days) but by this evening they had vanished.


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